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Manchester Central Library – What the Fuss is About

I’m getting a lot of mails from people asking to clarify the main issues about the Friends of Manchester Central Library Campaign to save the huge cull currently going on of their wonderful reference stock, so I’ve taken time to … Continue reading

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Manchester Central Library – Time to take stock.

Carol Ann Duffy, Jeanette Winterson, John Cooper Clark, Tony Warren, Willy Russell are just a few of the writers, along with a host of academics, who have signed an open letter to Manchester Library boss Neil MacInees, asking him to … Continue reading

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Manchester Central Library – It’s becoming a Joke.

For the past 18 months, Manchester Central Library has been destroying its reference stock with no public consultation, no records kept of what has been destroyed, and as far as we can tell, no Disposal Policy guidelines to follow. No … Continue reading

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Manchester Central Library; What’s Going On?

There is a good deal of unease – both within the library service and without – about the massive pulping of stock currently going on at Manchester Central Library. The Head of Libraries, Neil McInnes, has tried to address these … Continue reading

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No Hands, No feet, No Eyes.

This story was told to me in a Pygmy house, in the village of Samba on the Lulonga River, almost exactly on the Equator. The chief’s son, Bokote, a Bantu man, came there to see me and told these stories. … Continue reading

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Stories from Inland

These first few months of 2012 have been far too busy, but things are settling down so I reckon it’s time to re-start telling the stories I collected in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2010. The stories that follow … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Cried Croc

This story was told to me by Madou, who worked in save the children’s offices in central Kinshasa. She told me her children loved this story and that they will always willing to find a lesson in a story. Many … Continue reading

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